And there’s more…
That is essentially the message from the Desiree Charbonnet’s For Mayor campaign in the ongoing LaToya Cantrell’s credit card controversy.
Charbonnet and Cantrell are the remaining candidates for New Olreans Mayor opening. The election is November 18.
How might LaToya Cantrell’s recent New Orleans credit card flap translate into Desiree Charbonnet get more of the middle-class black and the conservative white voter support that went to other candidates, particularly, Judge Michael Bagneris and Troy Henry in the New Orleans Mayor’s race primary?
Indeed, the New Orleans Mayor’s race just got a lot more interesting.
The issue is—not whether the city’s education system is adequate, or how to improve our economic development deficiencies or whether we have money for pumping water.
No. Right now, for one candidate who is now running commercials--the focus should be on credit cards, belated payments for personal expenses and potential violations of law.
Does Derrick Edwards have a Chinaman’s chance of winning the Louisiana Treasurer’s race?
Conventional wisdom says, no way. Not a Chinaman, not an Englishman, only, a “no-way man” chance of prevailing.
The top Louisiana politicos and pollsters in Louisiana pretty much agree.
In a series of online Facebook Live interviews, post-election, with Dr. Ed Chervenak, Bernie Pinsonat, Jeff Crouere, Jim Brown, John Couvillon, none of them have felt there was any possible scenario to victory.
When one is down 9-points or so, with three weeks left to go until the final round-- the New Orleans Mayor’s race runoff elections--what are your options?
You jab here and there until you can swing the uppercut. That’s what Desiree Charbonnet appears to be doing lately.
One of the two well-respected New Orleans-based African American newspapers, the New Orleans Tribune, has endorsed Desiree Charbonnet today for New Orleans Mayor. The other paper, the Louisiana Weekly, had endorsed her competition, LaToya Cantrell in the general election, in what was a close decision, according to the Weekly.
The endorsement for Charbonnet today is stunning. Simply stunning, not for its decision in picking Charbonnet over LaToya Cantrell but in its obvious anger towards the process.
When I really think about it, the words "slim and none" come to my mind.
That's what I think when I consider the actual chance that an African American woman, hailing from California, arriving here in 1990 as a Xavier University student, would be one of two remaining candidates to be the next Mayor of New Orleans--a historically closed-community, if ever one.
How important are endorsements by elected officials in the upcoming New Orleans Mayor’s race runoff?
Maybe not much, but it could all depend.
Michael Bagneris, who came in third during the recent New Orleans mayor’s race, has opted to support LaToya Cantrell.
This comes as no surprise.
What will Sidney do? Can Desiree Charbonnet get more of the white vote than she did during the general election? What about Michael Bagneris who did have a following in the white community while his support in the African American community was very low comparatively speaking?
The New Orleans Mayor’s race was boring. The main excitement was the sideshow between businessman Sidney Torres and Desiree Charbonnet. Torres wasn’t even a candidate. Since LaToya has a strong lead in the runoffs that will occur November 18, her opponent needs to go negative and she will do so.
Those were just some of the comments from political analyst and conservative talk radio host Jeff Crouere in a Facebook Live discussion Thursday night, only days after the general election.
There was one indisputable fact during the New Olreans Mayor’s race—turnout was very poor. There seems to be one logical conclusion for the runoff. The Mayor’s race and the New Orleans elections, in general, are bound to get negative and dirty.
According to the University of New Orleans, data provided by Political Science Department Professor Ed Chervenak, the turnout numbers and demography indicates that LaToya Cantrell received the best race-based cross-over support of any of the candidates.
Here are some of the details provided by the UNO survey after Saturday’s city wide elections:
The major story line coming out of the New Orleans Mayor’s race this weekend, after Saturday’s election day is that after almost 300 years of existence, New Orleans will be run for the very first time in history, starting next year, by a woman, either Desiree Charbonnet or LaToya Cantrell. Not only are they females, but they also are African American. Thus, not only will the first female Mayor run City Hall, but, she is black.